Possibly the most spoilt bears in Wales

They have their own bunk bed. The blankets are finished, the boys have glued the other bed together and they have pillows and mattresses made from some spare calico that has been lurking in a box from when I made a practice wedding dress out of it.

The blankets are done with entrelac knitting which is where you knit a little square at a time, you pick up some stitches along the side of a previous square and work back and forth just across those stitches whilst decreasing on the other edge to join it to the square at the other side. There are loads of online tutorials or patterns if you search for them by people who can explain it far more eloquently than me! It’s a bit fiddly so I wouldn’t recommend it for knitting big things but it looks interesting. It also taught me a new skill – I got thoroughly fed up of turning the knitting round every six stitches so I worked out how to do a knit stitch going from right to left rather than left to right and then not long afterwards Sarah on Crafts from the Cwtch did a tutorial on exactly that which you can look at if you are interested because I am too lazy to take a load of pictures to explain something when someone else has already done a better job of it.

The knitting part of the secret thing is finished so I had to take a deep breath and do the steek. A steek is where you put a few extra stitches into your knitting so that you can cut it later. It means you can knit things in the round which end up flat or which need an opening later on, for example you could knit a cardigan as though you were doing a jumper in the round (which is much better for trying to do fair isle because you are always looking at the front of the pattern) and then you cut it up the middle, tidy up the edges and do the button band and stuff.


You can either machine sew over the steek before you cut it or crochet over the extra stitches, I decided to machine this one because it is going to have some binding sewn along the edge afterwards anyway.

Hold your breath! It hasn’t unravelled so far…


The Secret Thing, which is a bit bigger than I had planned (meaning I didn’t really plan it or work out what the finished size would be from the tension and just started it, oops) is blocking at the moment (blocking is when you wash it and lay it flat in the right shape to even up the stitches and make it look even better – the Yarn Harlot has written a nice thing here). After some considerable thinking I decided it would have to be pinned to the rug because it won’t fit anywhere else sensible but the rug is on the table because I was paranoid about the water soaking through and marking the floor, I did think about stripping the bed, pinning the Secret Thing to that and sleeping somewhere else until it is dry but I thought it wouldn’t go down too well with the other occupant of the bed, long suffering though he is, I imagine that would be a step too far. Although he only has himself to blame – it was him who taught me how to knit in the first place.

On a completely different note I currently have the ear worm of the suffragette song from Mary Poppins – “Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!’ which whilst this isn’t a view I particularly agree with (unless applied to the human race as a whole, regardless of gender – I prefer individual people to large mobs) I don’t see why I should have to suffer Glynis Johns being Mrs. Banks marching up and down singing about Missus Pankhurst being clapped in irons if nobody else does. Ready? One, two, three, go: “We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats”…


6 thoughts on “Possibly the most spoilt bears in Wales

  1. The Secret Thing looks really good, I hope when it finally has a new occupant we can have a photo of them both together!

  2. I like what you’re doing with the secret thing! So brave.
    On the entrelac front (or back if you are looking at it that way) I love that stitch. I made The Grandson a blanket in it & whilst I take your point about turning the stitches back & forth, it does take shape very quickly, tho you do have to remember which direction you are knitting if you should get interrupted. It has happened to me, trust me, it’s not funny! But teddies look very snug in their bunks & blankets, & so they should.
    I would mention at this point that my miniature teddies in the dolls house did have a patchwork bedspread sewn for them. It appears to have gone astray since I moved, must search for it.
    Well done again for your beautiful knitting. A triumph. X

    • Thank you, I did read quite a lot of instructions several times before I could make myself believe it would work! I’ve just been to Hobbycraft to get some fabric for the back of it, (very dangerous!) which was nice, it’s the first time I’ve been for ages without either carrying someone, pushing a pushchair or saying, “Don’t unravel that wool” every five seconds for several years.

      I’m not sure about the entrelac, those two are only little and they seemed to take forever, maybe it gets quicker if you get more practice at it…

  3. Wow! The Secret Thing looks fabulous! I cant wait to use it (and find out what I will be using it for). You are super brave with that cutting trick!

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